Salma Hayek: Movies, Family, Biography

Salma Hayek is a globally acclaimed and multitalented film star. Besides having brilliant acting skills she’s also a successful director and producer. Salma Hayek has also been nominated for an Academy Award for her role in ‘Frida.’

Being of Mexican and Lebanese descent, Salma Hayek shot to fame in Hollywood with a role in Robert Rodriguez’s Desperado. This move was a box-office success & Salma Hayek received positive acclaim for her performance in this film from the audience & film critics. She then went on to receive global recognition after being nominated for the global Academy Award for her brilliant performance in the film Frida. Besides working in mainstream films, she has also worked in the Television industry and has produced the hit series, Ugly Betty.

Salma Hayek’s Early Life

Salma Hayek Jiménez was born on September 2, 1966, in Coatzacoalcos, Veracruz, Mexico. Her mother is a citizen of Spain while her father is a Lebanese citizen. Salma Hayek’s had a wonderful childhood and she lived with her aunt in Houston, Texas, during her teens. She attended a convent school in Louisiana at the age of 12. She then dropped out from a university in Mexico City to pursue a career in acting.  She then went on to become one of the most recognized and well-established celebrity telenovela stars in her native Mexico.

Salma Hayek’s Early Film Roles

Salma Hayek Desperado
Salma Hayek in Desperado Movie

Having the desire to establish a career in acting Salma Hayek moved to Los Angeles, California in the year 1991. At first, she had to struggle a lot with English as the medium of communication as Mexican was her first language. But she was very much determined to become a Hollywood actress & so she put in a lot of effort & after small gigs, she landed a role opposite Antonio Banderas in 1995’s Desperado. The film went on to become a huge success and this has garnered her lot of attention in the Hollywood film industry. She then went on to be starred in several blockbuster movies like the romantic comedy Fools Rush In (1997), the teen thriller The Faculty (1998), and the action western Wild Wild West (1999). She also worked in several smaller, independent pictures & she has successfully set up her own production house ‘Ventanarosa’.

In the year 2002’s Salma Hayek starred in her dream role Frida & the film was also produced by her. The film went on to become successful both critically and commercially & went on to get six Academy Awards nominations, including a best actress nomination for Hayek. Her nomination for best actress academy nomination makes her the first Latin actress to be nominated in that category.

Salma Hayek’s Personal Life

Salma Hayek Family
Salma Hayek With Family

Speaking of relationships, Hayek dated French entrepreneur Francois-Henri Pinault in 2006 with whom she got engaged in 2007. In the same year, the couple got blessed with a daughter in Los Angeles, California whom they named Valentina Paloma Pinault. The couple got married in the year 2009 in Paris, France.

Salma Hayek as Ajak in “The Eternals”

Salma Hayek is playing the character of Ajak in Marvel Cinematic Universe “The Eternals”, The movie has a star cast like Avengers: Endgame and many others in Marvel Universe.

Salma Hayek in "The Eternals"
Salma Hayek, Lia McHugh, and Don Lee speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic-Con International, for “The Eternals”


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